Protecting priority lands to further our conservation mission.
Priority lands are places that:
- Offer people opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation
- Protect scenic beauty and scenic views
- Protect rivers and streams that serve the region’s water needs
- Connect places for wildlife and plants, to ensure resilient landscapes in the mountains
- Preserve working farmland that supply local foods
- Are culturally significant and protecting them can help reverse inequities in Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities
Conservation helps sustain a high quality of life and protects fragile and rare natural resources. As population growth affects the Southern Appalachians, we must balance preservation of undeveloped land with the needs of people who live, work, and visit this incredible region. Otherwise, we risk literally ‘loving these mountains to death.’
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy works to proactively protect tracts identified through strategic conservation planning, mapping and prioritization. We emphasize conservation in the Highlands of Roan, our flagship conservation focus area. SAHC helps agency and community partners acquire their highest priority tracts, to close gaps within national forests and help open new state and local public parks. And we protect tracts that enhance landscape resilience to climate change, as well as prime soils and working farms.
As an accredited land trust, we uphold the highest professional standards when negotiating and completing transactions.